Czechs lead defending champion US in Fed Cup final

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic hits a forehand to Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final between Czec

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic hits a forehand to Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final between Czec

Sofia Kenin of the United States reacts after scoring a point against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Sofia Kenin of the United States reacts after scoring a point against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Sofia Kenin of the United States returns the ball to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final between Cze

Sofia Kenin of the United States returns the ball to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final between Cze

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic struggles to return the ball to Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic struggles to return the ball to Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Sofia Kenin of the United States during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Sofia Kenin of the United States returns with a backhand to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final betw

Sofia Kenin of the United States returns with a backhand to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup Final betw

Sofia Kenin of the United States reacts after scoring a point against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

Sofia Kenin of the United States reacts after scoring a point against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their tennis match of the Fed Cup

PRAGUE (AP) — Barbora Strycova rallied from a set down to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over defending champion United States in the Fed Cup final on Saturday.

Playing in the last Fed Cup fixture of her career, the 32-year-old Strycova overcame an early scare to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. The American teenager was making her Fed Cup debut on the indoor hardcourt at Prague's O2 Arena.

Strycova served out the match with a backhand winner at the net on her first match point to improve to 11-7 in Fed Cup singles.

The 33rd-ranked Czech broke her 52nd-ranked opponent in the opening game of the decisive set to take control with a 2-0 lead. The 19-year-old Kenin looked nervous in front of the Czech crowd, serving three double faults to trail 5-2.

Katerina Siniakova plays American Alison Riske in the second singles rubber later Saturday.

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